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"Navajo" Corn Cakes

What you need: 

1/2 (12 ounce) package silken tofu
1 1/2-2 cups water
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup cornmeal (I like Bob's Redmill brand)
oil or vegan margarine, as needed for frying
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
guacamole (or mashed avocados), to serve
vegan sour cream, to serve
1-2 jicama, peeled and sliced into strips or sticks

What you do: 

1. Blend tofu, water, salt, and pepper in a food processor. The thickness can vary based upon preference, but I usually aim to keep mine just slightly thicker than soymilk.
2. Place the cornmeal in a bowl. Add the tofu mixture and blend thoroughly by hand. Heat the oil or margarine in a pan. Spoon the cornmeal batter into the pan in 3-4" diameter circles.
3. Keep the heat at medium so that the cakes cook through without burning the pan or overcooking the bottom. Flip at the same point you would a pancake.
4. While the corn cakes are cooking, heat the black beans on low-medium heat on the stove. Serve corn cakes topped with sour cream, guacamole (or avocado mash/slices), and black beans.
Whether or not this is an authentic Navajo recipe is debatable. I doubt it, but it's certainly very good. You could throw some salsa on with the other toppings if you like.
Source of recipe: This is loosely based upon the "Navajo corn cakes" served at one of my father's favorite restaurants. I have no idea how they make theirs, or if it's really a Navajo recipe, but these taste great and are vegan.

Preparation Time: 
10-15 minutes, Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10-15 minutes
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

These were pretty bland as written.  I added some garlic and green onions and served a nicely runny casserole on them.  It's crucial to serve these with the beans and guac, otherwise they are just too dry.

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Sorry there aren't any recipe photos -- I don't have a digital camera. I make this at least once a week though, sometimes twice. I usually eat it for breakfast. It's one of my favorite recipes!

It really is Navajo. :)

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mmmmm this sounds yummy and quick i'm going to try it soon!

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Sorry there aren't any recipe photos -- I don't have a digital camera. I make this at least once a week though, sometimes twice. I usually eat it for breakfast. It's one of my favorite recipes!

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